One of the most amazing components of the human body is the lymphatic system. Modern scientist are still learning and discovering what the lymph system is and how it functions and relates to other organs in the body. For instance, just recently in 2017, researchers discovered that the brain has lymphatic vessels.
A couple of years before 2015, scientist discovered “a previously unknown lymphatic system that linked it to the central nervous system (CNS) and the brain” and in that same year, researchers said that the “lymphatic system may help the heart to recover after a cardiac arrest.”
This is the twenty-first century and still today, scientists are seeking to understand this magnificent human system. It has remained a mystery for the mundane healthcare system since the beginning of time.
Understanding how the human system operates multidimensionally is conveyed through the ancient Yoga sciences, Upanishads, Veda’s and Agama’s and the classical, ancient healthcare science of Ayurveda.
DISEASE FIGHTING CELLS
We find powerful disease-fighting cells in three primary organs of the body: the spleen, lymph nodes and the thymus. The tonsils also contain these type of cells working with the digestive system fighting bacteria and pathogens ingested through food, air and drink. You can determine what is a toxin according to your body’s first reaction to a substance. For instance, alcohol tastes awful the first time you drink it so does taking a puff of tobacco, which can make one cough terribly the first time it is tried. This is where the tonsils begin to work keeping the body healthy.
Working with the lymph system the spleen removes unnecessary, harmful, disease causing pathogens resting inside the body.
The third component of this defense system is the Thymus gland. From the bone marrow T cells (white blood cells) are produced and sent to the Thymus gland to develop further. Developed, mature T cells move from the Thymus and join B cells working to search out pathogens and destroy disease in the body. B cells come from bone marrow too, however, from the bone marrow they are sent into the circulatory system to join with the spleen or lymph nodes in search of pathogens, immediately.
A good portion of the disease-fighting T cells are sent to the Thymus gland yet, for some reason the Thymus begins to shut down and stop working before a human matures into an adult. At the moment of birth, the Thymus gland begins to increase in size throughout puberty and then in the late teens, it regresses, closes down and stops working. This action causes tremendous susceptibility to infection and disease for the remainder of life.
If the Thymus is working, the mature T cells move to interact with epithelial, gut cells for digestion and assimilation of good stuff and evacuation of harmful toxins and waste. However, once the Thymus enters into atrophy, it is replaced by an inactive, infertile tissue and no longer functions producing the powerful healing cells designed for assimilation of nutrition and enhanced immunity.
Disease-fighting B cells continue to circulate throughout the body and lymph system until they find a specific antigen or virus to fight and destroy. We find this beneficial activity occurring in the tonsils, spleen, lymph tissue in the back of the throat and the nasal passages associated with the Ida and Pingala (the part of the brain recently discovered by scientist mentioned above in opening paragraph yet understood for eons in ancient, Hindu science of Yoga); T cells are also found in the skin, and the gastrointestinal walls of the intestines.
Taking a closer look at the lymphatic system we find that there are key areas where congestion can happen with the flow of lymph: the neck, the chest where the Thymus sits, under the arms, the breasts, the spleen sitting beneath the ribs on the left-hand side of the body, the forearm, the middle of the stomach region, the pelvis, the upper inside of the thighs and in the knees. If there discomfort in any of these areas or if there is swelling forming a small, hard knot in one of these areas, there is a problem with the lymph nodes and ultimately the immune system.
If the lymph system becomes blocked, infection, inflammation or cancer begins occurring inside the physical body. This is usually a secondary reaction to a greater problem deeper in the body such as a tumor in the breast, rapid organ degeneration such as liver or kidney or spleen. There can be numerous conditions for creating swollen lymph glands and fatigue is often, evident of a viral infection inside the lymph system.
The Lymph system can be considered an external manifestation of the nerve forces and expression of the subtle chakras. Chakras, located at each major gland are the ganglia for the nervous system and redistribute the lymph fluid which is carried to various parts of the body throughout the blood. A healthy lymph system is the manifestation of prana, life-force and vitality moving through these nerve channels and chakras.
Coupled with the exploration of the Lymphatic system is grasping how viruses operate.
There are many, many types of viruses floating through the air, on the astral plane not seen by the physical eyes. All flora and fauna have a genetic link to viruses with 30% of the human system having virus-like components designed for maturation such as in chromosomal reorganization. This is the constructive type of virus that gives the ability for the human system to adapt to changes in the environment and the flux of activities. These types of viruses are related to evolution on the subtle level. This is how the program works providing virus-like elements that develop the human organism to evolve and mature.
Then, there are killer viruses that damage cell nucleus working to over-ride the body’s natural defense system and are activated only under certain conditions, such as how bacteria operates. As long as the human system is operating in a particular way the virus is not activated and sits dormant in the body. Many types of disease operate in this way too, waiting for the “trigger” indicating that it is time to go into action. When one enters into an unfavorable environment, such as a stressful relationship or difficult job with complicated personalities then, the bacteria moves into the cell-destroying stage creating disease. This proves that all disease is manufactured by environmental factors and the components within it. Added to the environment causing disease are the poisons: tobacco, alcohol, vaccinations, fluoridated water, food preservatives and additives as well as heavy metal toxins and chemotherapy.
This is another reason why the ancient science of Yoga is paramount to the health of the entire human system, because once the pathogen instills itself inside the cell nucleus it is almost impossible to remove it through applying ordinary methods available on the marketplace for cleansing the physical body. This is an excellent reason for seeking out an Ayurvedic practitioner who is well-educated in the ancient healing science and for exploring the ancient methods of Kriya Yoga for cleansing also known as PanchaKarma.
Written December 2018 by KaShiva Devi